Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced it will be demonstrating its highly anticipated SlingCatcher™ product at the Sling Media booth, #73106, Sands Convention Center, for the first time publicly at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, January 7th-10th. The SlingCatcher is a set-top box that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet-based content and personal media to the TV. The SlingCatcher acts as a repository for content and is able to pull from multiple sources and places, unifying the content for easy navigation and playback. SlingCatcher is slated for Q2 retail availability at a price of $299.99CAD.
“We’re thrilled to be showing the SlingCatcher with its full set of features here at CES and it’s great to see the enthusiasm in the market for this product. We have been spending a lot of time perfecting new technology that is vital to the SlingCatcher’s user experience but sometimes these things take longer than expected,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media. “We had hoped to deliver the product for the Christmas holiday, but to plagiarize a well known wine maker; we shall sell no SlingCatcher before its time”.
SlingCatcher is bundled with three built-in applications: SlingPlayer™ for TV, SlingSync and SlingProjector™ that combine to create a unified media platform capable of pulling content from disparate places and consolidating them onto a single TV screen, giving the customer complete control of their personal media.
SlingPlayer for TV delivers one of the most requested Slingbox customer features: the ability to “sling” programming to another TV in the home or to a TV in a remote location without a PC by connecting to and streaming from the Slingbox on a LAN or WAN. In addition, when combined with the forthcoming Slingbox PRO-HD, SlingCatcher will give customers the ability to stream in HD from one TV to another.
SlingProjector enables consumers to project to the TV Internet and PC-based digital audio/video content – whether downloaded movies, TV shows, home movies, photo slideshows or YouTube videos – from a PC to TV-screen for a “lean back” viewing experience. SlingProjector supports most video streaming web sites, media players and Internet video players.
Finally, SlingSync gives customers the ability to sync files over their network connection and store them on a third-party USB flash drive or other portable hard drive attached to the SlingCatcher, giving them the ability to use the SlingCatcher to replay their favorite content on demand and manage content from a PC via the SlingCatcher user interface.
The SlingCatcher includes both standard definition and high definition AV outputs to connect to a TV including HDMI, component, S-Video and composite video, as well as analog and digital audio. In regards to network connectivity, the SlingCatcher features a standard Ethernet jack to connect to the home network either directly or via SlingLink powerline Ethernet adapters. In addition, Sling Media will sell a wireless USB adapter called SlingLink Wireless for $59.99CAD, which can also be used to create the network connection. SlingCatcher will be available in Q2 for a retail price of $299.99CAD.
About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the world’s leading digital lifestyle company offering consumer services and products that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. Sling Media’s product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs, and smartphones. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.
About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.